Author(s): Henry Porter
At his funeral the bells of the church were rung open rather than half-muffled, as is usual for the dead. Kate Lockhart has come with corporate leaders, ministers and intelligence chiefs to a beautiful town in the Welsh Marches to mourn her soul mate, David Eyam, the brightest government servant of his generation. All that remains of Eyam are the burnt fragments of a man killed far from home in a devastating explosion. But Eyam has left a devastating legacy and certain members of the congregation on that bitterly cold March day are desperate to suppress it. A group of locals come to feel the full weight of the state's determination. Kate Lockhart, now a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer from Manhattan but a former SIS officer in Indonesia is equal to Eyam's legacy . She becomes the focus of the state's paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, with all the cunning of her former trade, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam. The state is no match for the genius of the dead.
Henry's previous four novels have received outstanding reviews from critics who agree that he is THE writer of espionage thrillers for the 21st century Reviewers were unanimous in saying that BRANDENBURG was his best yet. The Sunday Times critic described it as a 'first-rate thriller' that 'exhilaratingly testifies to the thriller genre's ability to transcend its primary role as entertainment' In the Observer, Max Hastings talked of Henry's 'gripping new thriller' that 'finds the novelist at the height of his powers' The Glasgow Herald said: 'Porter has written another stunning piece of fiction in the finest tradition of le Carre. His attention to detail is acute, his characters utterly believable. He captures perfectly the terrifying paranoia of the East German regime. Brilliant.' BRANDENBURG spent several weeks on the Evening Standard bestseller list where it reached #3 BRANDENBURG sold over 25,000 copies in the trade Promotable author: Henry Porter is a well connected journalist whose features appear regularly in the broadsheet newspapers. He is the British editor of Vanity Fair Porter's novels are character-driven, brilliantly researched, authentic, committed and passionate
Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He was editor of the Atticus column on the Sunday Times, moving to set up the Sunday Correspondent magazine in 1988. He contributes commentary and reportage to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of Vanity Fair, and lives in London with his wife and two daughters.